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30 Clever Uses For Coconut Oil You Probably Don’t Know

30 Clever Uses For Coconut Oil You Probably Don’t Know

Coconut oil is one of the biggest crazes in recent years. Health nuts and DIY gurus have come up with infinite ways to use this versatile oil in our daily lives. Here are some of the most innovative uses for coconut oil you can’t miss!

1. It gets rid of your dark circles and puffy eye bags!

Who likes swollen eyes in the morning? No one. Pat your dark circles and eye bags with a thin layer of coconut oil to look more awake.

2. You can also say bye to your wrinkles.

Similar to removing dark circles, rub a tiny bit of coconut oil twice a day to reduce your fine lines.

3. Use it to make toothpaste.

Let’s be honest, you probably don’t know what kind of chemicals are in the toothpaste you’re using. Mix coconut oil and baking soda into a paste to create your organic toothpaste.

    4. Use it to make pure coconut oil soap.

    I’ll admit, as a person with skin allergies, it is difficult to find soaps that don’t cause irritation to the skin. But a soap bar without chemicals, but only coconut oil, is certainly the most soothing to the skin. You can follow this recipe to make your own soap bar (it also comes with a laundry soap tutorial!).

    5. Replace your shampoo with coconut oil.

    Use coconut oil with apple cider vinegar to wash your hair. This method prevents hair discoloration and dullness. You can also apply coconut oil as a hair mask or conditioner after shampooing.

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    6. De-frizz and de-tangle your hair.

    For those with thicker, coarser hair, apply a thin layer of coconut oil to the bottom couple inches of your hair to leave your hair shiny and soft. Coconut oil helps to coat your hair from moisture and smoothens your hair. It also helps with your split ends!

    7. It works well as a lotion too.

    We all know the moisturizing function of coconut oil. Rub it on your skin after your shower can instantly rejuvenate the skin.

    8. Substitute your creamer with coconut oil.

    Who doesn’t love a cup of coffee early in the morning? Coconut oil is a healthy alternatives to high calorie creamer. It’s time to say bye-bye to dairy and sugar and kickstart your day with coconut oil. Here’s how.

      9. Say hello to a healthier butter on your toast.

      Coconut oil is much healthier than butter or lard, and it boosts energy tremendously. Spread some coconut oil on your toast for a tasty morning snack.

      10. Also, make your mayo with it.

      Mayonnaise is delicious, but what’s better? A healthier version. I promise it won’t disappoint you.

      11. Use it to “season” your cast iron.

      In case you don’t know, cast iron pans are not non-stick. You need to “season” — coat the cast iron surface — before cooking. Most people use lard, which it is high in bad fats, so sub it out with the healthier coconut oil.

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      12. It’s great for cooking too!

      If you’re tired of using vegetable oil, olive oil, or butter, you can use coconut oil. It’s great for baking, stir fry, and pretty much any kind of cooking.

      13. Apply it as deodorant before you head out.

      Most of us can’t live without deodorant, especially in those sunny summer days. Use coconut oil as a base and mix with other non-toxic ingredients to reduce your odor after your sweat.

      14. Use it as sunscreen as well.

      For those who are easily sunburnt, this is great news for you. Apply a coat of coconut oil (it has an SPF of 4-6) in between your re-application of sunscreens. It also hydrates to reduce the chances of getting burned.

      15. Replace your chapstick.

      I’ve mentioned the moisturizing function of coconut oil couple times here. Simply rub some coconut oil on your chapped lips to help heal.

      16. Make your own coconut oil bug-repellent bars!

      Conventional bug sprays are full of chemicals to drive bugs away. Chances are they’re probably bad for you too. Try to keep bugs away with your own organic and natural repellents.

      17. Use it to DIY your scented candle.

      Lately, homemade candle tutorials are everywhere. And of course, you guessed it, coconut oil is one of the ingredients. You can also customize the aroma you want!

      18. Remove your make-up with it.

      Ladies, after a long day, what’s better to remove your make-up and hydrate your skin at the same time? You just need a teaspoon (or else) and warm water to rinse your face. Here are more hacks on this coconut oil make-up remover.

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      19. It helps wounds to recover faster.

      Coconut oil is anti-flammatory and it helps to sooth sunburns, rashes, cuts, and even arthritis. Rub it on your wounds or joints to relieve pain and itch.

      20. Use it create your exfoliating body scrub.

      This is a really easy recipe — mix coconut oil, sugar, and some essential oils together. Then grab your favorite loofah and buff your skin to soft perfection. This is probably cheaper than most body scrubs.

        21. It works well for your foot too.

        Coconut oil is also anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. If you have athlete’s foot, fungal infection, or a crack heel. Apply coconut oil to get rid of fungus and salve those dryness.

        22. You can have your personal manicure sessions with it.

        Another great use of coconut oil is for your nails. Apply it on your finger beds and cuticle to help your nails grow better. It also reduces the risks of coming into contact with bacteria or viruses in manicure salons.

        23. Use it as shaving cream.

        You can do this in two different ways. You can either use regular coconut oil on your body to get a closer shave or actually follow this recipe to make your own shaving cream.

        24. Create your own massage oils.

        Coconut oil provides great lubrication. Depend on your liking, mix in some essential oils or fragrances. Warm it up a bit and you’re ready to massage!

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        25. Take it as a health supplement.

        Take a teaspoon of coconut oil every day gives you the good fats you need.

        26. It helps your digestive system.

        Coconut oil is very easy to digest, and it contains compounds destroy bad bacteria and promote growth of probiotics.

        27. It may improve your thyroid function as well.

        Although there isn’t an absolute conclusion by researchers[1] on how coconut oil directly improves our thyroid functions, it looks like a good idea to try!

        28. It is a really great lubricant.

        You don’t always need WD-40 to smooth your bike chains and door hingers, coconut oil does the job as good as other lubricants.

        29. Use it to shine leather.

        Anything leather needs a bit of polish and repair time after time. You can use coconut oil on your leather shoes, belts, boots, or even the inside of your car (dashboard and seats). Rub it in a circular motion to give it a shine and prevent cracked leather.

        30. It also conditions your wooden household items.

        Whether it’s your wooden salad spoons or your best wooden rocking chair, apply coconut oil liberally and let it soak into the wood. This will help prevent rot, wear and tear, and the oil can also clean the wood after treatment.

        Still want more useful suggestions of coconut oil? Let me give you 4 bonus uses!

        • Start a campfire with it. Most oils are flammable (that’s why there is such a thing as grease fires…oops) and coconut oil is one of them. If you’re out camping and you have some coconut oil on you, just soak some kindling or some cotton balls in coconut oil and watch it light right up. This works as good as lighter fluid and is safer for the environment.
        • Use it to avoid chlorine exposure when swimming. Coconut oil provides a layer of physical barrier for our skin, to reduce irritation and allergies from chlorine.
        • Evidences show coconut oil treats yeast infections. Believe it or not, studies[2] have shown the oil kills a species of yeast. Click here to find out more.
        • You can use it on your pets too! If your dog is having skin issues like atopic dermatitis, coconut oil can relieve the itchiness and hydrate the dry skin. Also, it helps the digestive systems of animals too.

        I hope you look at coconut oil in a whole new light after this article. It works well from head to toe, any day, anytime, anywhere. Do you have a favorite coconut oil recipe by now? Let us know!

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        Last Updated on August 15, 2018

        7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

        7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

        Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

        Video Summary

        Why is it important to train up our core strength?

        There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

        This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

        Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

        In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

        One Exercise, multiple benefits

        There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

        By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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        When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

        Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

        In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

        What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

        What will happen when you start doing planks every day

          1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

          Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

          • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
          • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
          • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
          • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

          2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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            Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

            Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

            3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

              Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

              4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                5. You’ll improve overall balance

                  Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                  6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                    Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                    7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                      Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                      How to hold a plank position

                      1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                      2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                      3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                      4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                      5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                      6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                      7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                      Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                      Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                        How to improve your plank time gradually

                        1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                        2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                        3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                        Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                        Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                        You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                        • Prolapse
                        • After prolapse surgery
                        • Pelvic pain conditions
                        • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                        • Previous childbirth
                        • Overweight

                        Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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